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There are dog treats available in many stores in Lynchburg that have had multiple FDA warnings for safety. These products are chicken jerky treats that are imported from China. The warnings started in 2007 and have been renewed several times. The cases of complaints and adverse effects from the treats are continuing, with over 400 documented before November 2011. In total, the FDA has now received over 2000 complaints, including 361 reports of death possibly related to consumption of the jerky treats. The signs of illness that are associated with the chicken jerky products include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, (sometimes with blood), increased water consumption and/ or increased urination. The signs may develop within days or hours after eating the treats. Laboratory tests reveal kidney problems. The illness in some cases has been so severe to result in death or euthanasia.

If you have any questions about your pet’s health, please contact your regular veterinarian. You can find more information about the jerky treats on the FDA website - http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary. There is news information at www.msnbc.msn.com, with quick links to the spefic articles below.

Recently, two dog owners in our area have lost their beloved pets to kidney failure that was linked to the ingestion of these treats. Please stop using these jerky treats and do not buy them for your pets. For sources and additional information, please use the links below.

Robin B. Hubbard, DVM

2012 - FDA Investigation

2012 - Questions and answers about the chicken jerky treats

2012 - NBC News Article - with FDA record information

2012 - NBC News - chicken jerky lawsuit

2012 - chickenjerky.org open letters

2011 - FDA continues to caution against chicken jerky products

2011 - NBC News article

2011 - ABC News article

2009 - Recall of Dingo Brand Chick'n Jerky for Salmonella

2008 - FDA preliminary warning against chicken jerky products

2007 - First FDA caution against chicken jerky products from China

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